Homily for Sunday, February 26, 2017
Last Sunday After the Epiphany
“Fun Home,” the heartbreaker / tear-jerker Broadway musical that recently closed, is a detective story of sorts about a lesbian cartoonist trying to understand her recently-deceased father and, by extension, herself. “Fun Home” won five Tony awards in 2015, including Best Book of a Musical for the playwright, Lisa Kron. In just a moment, I will tell what Ms. Kron said upon receiving her award, but it might make more sense if I first say something about the musical.
While “Fun Home” is a coming out story of a daughter who comes to terms with her sexuality, and while “Fun Home” is a coming of age story about a daughter trying to understand her father’s death, a suicide, “Fun Home” is bigger than a coming out or coming of age story. As New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley says, “Fun Home” has a universal appeal that “comes from its awareness of… that element of the unknowable that exists in all of us… [and] how we never fully know even those closest to us.” Continue reading